A loan of $5,000 helped a member 2 sacks of maize, 1 sack of sorghum and goods for a general store etc.

Ishara Group's story

Kavira E. is an entrepreneur and the president of the group Ishara. She is 38 years old, widowed and the mother of seven fatherless children. Her husband died recently, following a brief illness.

She has a small business selling a variety of goods in Kampala; she also sells the local drink "Madrakwa". She started her business when she was still young with a small loan, initiated by her mother. She obtained a loan of $50 from the micro-finance institution (MFI) Hekima in 2007. She has set-up her business at home. This new loan will be used to purchase supplies for the production of the local drink "Mandrakwa", which is made with maize and sorghum. The rest of the loan will be used for goods for her general store business, increasing the volume and value of its stock of goods. Additionally, she hopes to have a display for her shop.

Kavira Elizabeth thanks the MFI Hekima for its work helping poor people who are are excluded from traditional banks. It should be noted that her group Ishara is comprised of 28 members.

In this group: Kavira, Kavira, Apoline, Nsamba, Nyirama, Amida, Byasasa , Masika, Mariamu , Kyakimwa, Nongo, Masika, Kavira, Masika, Kahambu, Kavira, Kavira, Atosha, Riziki, Mukeshimana, Nairo, Kabuo, Rehema, Fatuma, Mutume, Mwanvua, Arida, Lomango

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Margot Bonner

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